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SDSU baseball players come under fire for Halloween game costumes

NAACP Spokespeson: "Blackhair has no place in baseball OR Halloween."

Members of the SDSU baseball team in costume
Members of the SDSU baseball team in costume

Every year, the San Diego State baseball team plays a game decked out in Halloween finery. This year's contest featured a homer-hitting Charger Girl, Facebook at shortstop, and King Kong as third base coach. But in an eerie echo of the recent Serra High debacle which saw two (white) football coaches dress as the (black) Jamaican bobsled team, four members of the squad donned Spandex and dredlocks and appeared as…the Jamaican bobsled team.

"It's true that the San Diego State athletes did not wear blackface in the manner of the Serra High coaches," said San Diego NAACP spokesperson Ezekiel Blackpower. "But people need to think about why blackface is offensive in the first place. It's not because [blackface pioneer and singer] Al Jolson wanted to make fun of black people. It's because Al Jolson was appropriating the genius of black musicians and using it for his own enrichment. Jolson may have worn blackface in an attempt to honor the source, but the move only highlighted the injustice. So now blackface is a symbol of cultural oppression and even theft, and therefore offensive. Wearing dredlocks as a nod to Jamaican culture as embodied by reggae legend Bob Marley? It's the exact same thing: the oppressors appropriating from the oppressed. Or perhaps those boys don't know much about The Christmas Rebellion?"

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Members of the SDSU baseball team in costume
Members of the SDSU baseball team in costume

Every year, the San Diego State baseball team plays a game decked out in Halloween finery. This year's contest featured a homer-hitting Charger Girl, Facebook at shortstop, and King Kong as third base coach. But in an eerie echo of the recent Serra High debacle which saw two (white) football coaches dress as the (black) Jamaican bobsled team, four members of the squad donned Spandex and dredlocks and appeared as…the Jamaican bobsled team.

"It's true that the San Diego State athletes did not wear blackface in the manner of the Serra High coaches," said San Diego NAACP spokesperson Ezekiel Blackpower. "But people need to think about why blackface is offensive in the first place. It's not because [blackface pioneer and singer] Al Jolson wanted to make fun of black people. It's because Al Jolson was appropriating the genius of black musicians and using it for his own enrichment. Jolson may have worn blackface in an attempt to honor the source, but the move only highlighted the injustice. So now blackface is a symbol of cultural oppression and even theft, and therefore offensive. Wearing dredlocks as a nod to Jamaican culture as embodied by reggae legend Bob Marley? It's the exact same thing: the oppressors appropriating from the oppressed. Or perhaps those boys don't know much about The Christmas Rebellion?"

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WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS? NOTHING AT ALL IN MY OPINION! WHY IS EVERYONE SO HYPER-SENSITIVE. IT'S A COSTUME FOR HALLOWEEN. PERSONALLY I FIND EZEKIEL BLACKPOWER'S NAME OFFENSIVE BUT SINCE IT'S NOT MY NAME I WON'T CRITICIZE HIM FOR WHAT HE (OR HIS PARENTS) DECIDED WAS APPROPRIATE. STOP WITH THE B.S. AND GET A REAL JOB EZEKIEL AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.

Oct. 31, 2013

This of course is intended as humor, but Al Jolson's use of blackface did happen. and puzzles us today. Before we condemn Jolson, who was bigger than Bieber, we should remember him as a civil rights pioneer, who integrated nightclubs with his posse, and Hollywood with his parties.

Oct. 31, 2013

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